Participating Databases

Australia's National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme's (NICNAS) Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework Go to external website



Type of information:

  • Industrial chemicals
  • Exposure asssessments
  • Hazard assessments
  • Risk assessments
  • GHS classifications
  • Use patterns

General information:

NICNAS established the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework to accelerate the assessment of chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/chemical-information/imap-assessments/what-is-imap

IMAP is a scientific and risk-based model for assessing chemicals with three tiers of assessment. The assessment effort increases with each tier. A decision is made at the end of each assessment tier if the next tier of assessment is required to determine risk.

More information on exposure bands and use categories are provided in the IMAP Framework document available at:
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0019/37036/IMAP-Framework.docx

Chemicals listed in the Human Health Tier I assessments are not considered to pose an unreasonable risk to the health of workers and public health on the basis of their Tier I assessment. The table contains the key information used in the Tier I assessment to determine the potential for exposure (exposure band), including the highest use category that has been considered. The table is published here:
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/chemical-information/imap-assessments/imap-assessments/human-health-assessments

The chemicals listed in the Human Health Tier II assessments are chemicals which have been assessed at Tier II (individual chemical evaluation) because the Tier I assessments indicated that the chemicals needed further investigation. The table is published here:
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/__data/assets/excel_doc/0014/40820/Tier-II-HH-summary-all-tranches-published-2-Mar-2018.xlsx

The chemicals listed in the Human Health Tier III assessments are chemicals which have been assessed at Tier III (in depth chemical assessment) because the Tier II assessments indicated that the chemicals needed further investigation. The table is published here:
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/__data/assets/excel_doc/0015/40821/Tier-III-HH-summary-all-tranches-published-2-Mar-2018.XLSX

The chemicals listed in the Environment Tier I assessments are chemicals not considered to pose an unreasonable risk to the environment from their industrial use on the basis of the Tier I assessment (high throughput assessments). The chemicals have been assessed at Tier I but may be considered for further assessment of the environmental risks subject to new information becoming available. The Tier I assessment takes into account both potential hazard and exposure. The list may contain chemicals which are assessed as posing no unreasonable risk on the basis that there is no exposure to humans or the environment from industrial uses in Australia. This includes:

  • chemicals for which the uses identified are considered excluded under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act (1989); and
  • chemicals for which no Australian use, import, or manufacture was reported under previous NICNAS mandatory calls for information.

It is important to note that some of these chemicals may also be governed in Australia by other legislation or Australia's commitment under international treaties. Controls on their production, import, export, use and disposal may apply. The table is published here:
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/__data/assets/excel_doc/0016/40822/IMAP_Environment_Tier_I_summary-all-tranches-2-Mar-2018.xlsx

The chemicals listed in the Environment Tier II assessments which have been assessed at Tier II (individual chemical evaluation) because the Tier I assessments indicated that the chemicals needed further investigation. The table is published here:
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/__data/assets/excel_doc/0017/40823/IMAP_Environment_Tier_II_Summary_all-tranches-published-updated-3-Mar-2018.xlsx

Disclaimer for information available in NICNAS IMAP database

When using the information from the NICNAS IMAP database you accept its disclaimer:
https://www.nicnas.gov.au/disclaimer

Hazard information:

The Human Health Tier I assessment takes into account both the intrinsic hazard of the chemical and potential human exposure. The database lists chemicals not considered to pose an unreasonable risk to human health on the basis of the assessment. The database includes both hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals; however, they are not identified as such.

Full reports usually contain information on grouping rationale (where applicable) for Human Health Tier II assessment, chemical identity, introduction and use, current regulatory status, existing worker health and safety controls, and health hazard characterisation. They also include a section on risk characterisation and make recommendations for further assessment (if required), and/or recommendations for regulatory controls (public health and work health and safety), and/or advice for consumers and industry. Reports usually contain classifications of the chemicals under the Globally Harmonised System for Hazard Classification and Communication.

Full reports usually contain information on rationale for Human Health Tier III assessment, chemical identity, grouping rationale (where applicable), exposure and health hazard characterisation. They also include a section on risk characterisation and recommendations for regulatory control (public health, work health and safety) (if required) and/or advice for consumers and/or advice for industry. Reports usually contain classification of the chemical under the Globally Harmonised System for Hazard Classification and Communication.

The Environment Tier I assessment takes into account both the intrinsic hazard of the chemical and potential environmental exposure. The database lists chemicals not considered to pose an unreasonable risk to the environment from their industrial use on the basis of the assessment. The database includes both hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals; however, they are not identified as such. The table includes an ‘Additional Information’ field presenting a persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity (PBT) characterisation of the chemicals.

Full reports usually contain information on grouping rationale (where applicable) for Environment Tier II assessment, chemical identity, chemical/physical properties, introduction and use, environmental regulatory status, environmental exposure, environmental effects and categorisation of environmental hazard. They also include a section on environmental risk characterisation, and recommendations for further assessment and or regulatory controls, if required. Reports usually contain classifications of the chemicals under the Globally Harmonised System for Hazard Classification and Communication.

Search capabilities:

NICNAS IMAP is searchable by CAS registry number, chemical name and group assessment name, where applicable.

Maintenance:

NICNAS

Peer review:

Human Health Tier I assessment outputs are reviewed by NICNAS. The criteria used to identify Tier I chemicals have been reviewed by independent experts in Australia or overseas.

Human Health Tier II and Tier III assessment reports are reviewed by NICNAS and reports containing environmental data are also reviewed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. Some reports or sections of reports are reviewed by independent experts in Australia or overseas.

Environment Tier I assessment outputs are reviewed by Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and NICNAS. The criteria used to identify Tier I chemicals have been reviewed by independent experts in Australia or overseas

Environment Tier II assessment outputs are reviewed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and NICNAS. Some reports or sections of reports are reviewed by independent experts in Australia or overseas.

Public comments were sought where information that had the potential to affect the outcome of an assessment had not been considered in the assessment.



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